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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS - GCC SUMMIT IN ABU DHABI 2005

Gargash: GCC countries adopt realistic approach for relations with Tehran

Posted on 09/03/2017

CAIRO: The GCC countries have adopted a realistic approach for relations with Iran, said Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Addressing the 147th session of Arab League's Council meeting in Cairo yesterday, Dr. Gargash said thanks to a prominent Kuwaiti role, the GCC countries have adopted a realistic approach that governs their relations with Iran, based on non interference in other countries affairs, Tehran's acceptance that the Iranian revolution is an ...  >>MORE

GCC Days resume activities in Japan

Posted on 24/04/2015

TOKYO: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Days resumed in Tokyo yesterday their second day of activities with a seminar entitled 'Strengthening relations and understanding between the GCC states and Japan'. Assistant Secretary General for Cultural and Information Affairs at the GCC General Secretariat Khalid bin Salem Al-Ghassani was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency, as saying in a speech delivered on behalf of the GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, that the Japanese ...  >>MORE

MoF issues its annual statistical report on the Gulf Common Market - 2012

Posted on 12/09/2013

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued its annual statistical report on the GCM in the UAE - 2012. The move comes in line with its strategic plan to own a significant role in activating the mechanics of the Gulf Common Market (GCM) and pursuing its continuous efforts to implement the resolutions of the economic integration of the GCM. The report displayed various statistics, which confirm the UAE's commitment towards enhancing financial and economic cooperation among GCC states. The report ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to GCC ministerial meeting

Posted on 04/03/2013

Riyadh: Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has led the UAE delegation to the 126th meetings of the GCC ministerial council which kicked off this evening in Riyadh under the chairmanship of Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain. Present were the foreign ministers of the GCC countries and the GCC Secretary General Dr Abdulatif Rashid Al Zayani. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa delivered a speech in which he welcomed ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed supports restructuring GCC Secretariat General

Posted on 30/01/2013

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister hailed the efforts to restructure the Secretariat-General of the Cooperation Council of the Gulf Arab States (GCC). He also expressed support to the efforts by the Secretariat-General to realise its vision and goals in service of the interests and peoples of all member states. Sheikh Abdullah made his remarks as he received the Secretary General of GCC Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani. GCC Assistant Secretary General for Military ...  >>MORE

GCC calls for unity

Posted on 25/12/2012

The 33rd annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) opened in Manama on Monday with a call for closer economic integration and unity. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, who opened the summit, called for the Gulf Cooperation Council to provide "a security umbrella for its peoples” and urged "economic complementarity” between its six member states. The GCC states comprise Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The UAE delegation to the two-day ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE's delegation to the 125th GCC Ministerial Council meeting

Posted on 08/11/2012

Manama: H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister led the UAE delegation to the 125th session of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States' Ministerial Council, which commenced yesterday in the Bahraini Capital, Manama, under the chairmanship of Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. The Bahrain's Foreign Minister and Chairman of the current session of the GCC Ministerial Council, opened the session, thanking the efforts exerted by Saudi Foreign ...  >>MORE

Khalifa opens GCC consultative summit

Posted on 07/05/2006

Riyadh - President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday opened, as current President of the GCC Supreme Council, the eighth consultative summit of GCC leaders. Sheikh Khalifa delivered the opening speech in which he welcomed the GCC leaders to the meeting. The session was attended by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of ...  >>MORE

Media opinion varies about GCC Summit resolutions

Posted on 21/12/2005

The 26th GCC Summit known as "Fahd Summit" was marked by difference in opinions among regional and international journalists and mass media personnel who covered the event, as to how far it has succeeded in the light of its resolutions, recommendations ,closing statement and the Abu Dhabi Declaration. About 50 per cent of the total media personnel interviewed by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, at the end of the summit said that Summit was successful because of its transparency and clarity in ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders conclude summit, issue statement

Posted on 20/12/2005

Leaders of the six GCC member states concluded their 26th Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday calling for cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAETA) on the operation of the Islamic republic's nuclear reactors. In its closing statement, the GCC Supreme Council reiterated its demand to make the Middle East, including the Gulf region, free from weapons of mass destruction. Welcoming the conduct of the parliamentarian elections in Iraq recently, the leaders expressed ...  >>MORE

GCC Summit issues Closing Statement

Posted on 20/12/2005

Following is the full unofficial translation of the closing statement as issued by the 26th Summit of the GCC leaders. The Closing Statement of the Twenty Sixth Session of the GCC Supreme Council Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates 16-17 Dhul Qa'edah 1426 AH / 18-19 December2005 AD "KING FAHD SUMMIT." In response to the gracious invitation by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the Supreme Council held its Twenty Sixth Session in Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

GCC concerned over Iran, Israeli nuke programmes

Posted on 20/12/2005

UAE Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi reiterated his country's stance on its three islands occupied by Iran. "UAE's stand on that issue is clear, the UAE's three islands are occupied territories in reality. The UAE is a peaceful country that believes in right, justice and law and also expects others to believe in these principles, Islamic values and good neighbourliness and that there is always a solution through peaceful means either through direct negotiations, international ...  >>MORE

Khalifa decorates GCC's Secretary General

Posted on 20/12/2005

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday granted Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah, GCC Secretary General a First Class Order of Independence for his outstanding contribution to the development and success of the GCC. The decoration was attended by GCC leaders and participating delegations in the GCC 26th Summit. Al Attiyah expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Khalifa saying " I have no words to express my feelings for this great honour, but I consider the decoration a source of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Declaration on development of educational systems

Posted on 20/12/2005

The 26th GCC Summit has issued in its closing statement, the "Abu Dhabi Declaration" affirming that Man was the basic element to Development and that human beings were the most precious elements in that respect who were to be taken care of. It also affirmed that the GCC Supreme Council was fully aware that the current global challenges necessitate development in educational systems in a way that would cope with the accelerating technological challenges posed by the Information Revolution and ...  >>MORE

Khalifa opens Fahd summit

Posted on 19/12/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday opened the 26th Gulf Cooperation Council's summit in Abu Dhabi, in presence of the GCC leaders. Sheikh Khalifa delivered a speech in which he welcomed the GCC leaders, saying that achievements made by the council over 25 years are a "source of pride." Following is the full text of Sheikh Khalifa's speech: In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, most Merciful - My dear brothers, the leaders of the GCC countries - His Excellency ...  >>MORE

Quotes: What the leaders have to say

Posted on 19/12/2005

His Majesty Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman said upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi that he hoped the GCC Summit would accomplish the aspirations of their peoples. "We express our happiness in joining our brethren leaders of the GCC countries in the 26th Summit headed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” he said. His Majesty King Hamad bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain underlined, in a press release upon his arrival, the need for GCC member states to work closely together to ...  >>MORE

No GCC pressure on Iran, Israel: Alawi

Posted on 19/12/2005

A senior Omani official has denied that the GCC States were pressurizing Iran over its nuclear program, and called for a peaceful settlement of the standoff. "There is no pressure (cast by GCC countries) on Iran... Iran is our neighbour. We want to maintain good relations with it," Yousif bin Alawi, Oman's Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs told reporters following an in-camera meeting of the GCC leaders in Abu Dhabi yesterday.. Bin Alawi said the present standoff over Iran's nuclear ...  >>MORE

GCC Summit will not take stance against Iran: Attiyah

Posted on 19/12/2005

Abdulrahman Hamad Al Attiyah, GCC Secretary General said yesterday that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries do not fear Iran's nuclear programme, as long as it is limited only to peaceful applications. "However, if it is in contradiction with this, then the programme becomes unjustified and the issue will not be neglected. We have confidence in Iran, but we don't want to see the Iranian nuclear reactor, which is closer to our coast than the distance between it and Tehran, as a cause of ...  >>MORE

GCC ministers pin hopes on Abu Dhabi summit

Posted on 19/12/2005

A number of GCC ministers agreed that the ongoing GCC summit in Abu Dhabi is likely to come up with fruitful outcome. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, said the GCC leaders are keen on achieving the aspirations of their peoples. "President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan takes great interest in providing every means of prosperity and progress to the peoples of the GCC in general and of the UAE in particular," Sheikh Saif said. Prince Saud Al ...  >>MORE

King Hamad discusses summit agenda with Sabah Al Ahmed

Posted on 19/12/2005

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait and head of its delegation to the 26th GCC Summit, received yesterday at his residence King Hamad bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. During the meeting, King Hamad and Sheikh Sabah discussed issues on the summit's agenda, as well bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Qatari, Bahraini leaders review summit agenda

Posted on 19/12/2005

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani received yesterday at the Emirates Palace his Bahraini counterpart King Hamad bin Eisa Al Khalifa. The two leaders exchanged views on the agenda of the 26th GCC summit being hosted by the UAE from December 18 to 19. Ways of enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation were also discussed. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Summit likely to pass historic decisions

Posted on 19/12/2005

The GCC leaders have approved decisions relating to mustering security and military cooperation among their countries, a well - informed source told WAM. The source said that during their closed-door session this evening, the leaders reviewed reports on several crucial issues, including a proposed unified GCC smart ID card, a report by the agriculture ministers on the precautionary measures to be adopted to prevent possible outbreak of the avian flu virus and a report on insurance coverage for ...  >>MORE

Education at top of summit agenda

Posted on 19/12/2005

Education and environment are high on the agenda of the 26th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which began here yesterday. GCC leaders are discussing the issue of education due to its significant role in shaping the GCC personality and preparing citizens to shoulder the responsibility of building their country, its progress and stability. The GCC leaders are focusing on important aspects of education with the aim of developing and modernising it, to keep pace with the scientific and ...  >>MORE

Forum discusses GCC investment climate

Posted on 19/12/2005

The second day of the 4th GCC Economic Forum which is being held at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE featured discussions on the state of foreign investments and the real estate market in the region. The forum, organised to coincide with the 26th GCC Leaders Summit, is being held up till the 19th of December 2005. The Economic Forum addresses major regional and global economic issues and features world-renowned economists and experts who present their views on the challenges involved for the GCC ...  >>MORE

Six-year labour cap not on agenda

Posted on 19/12/2005

Foreign workers and employees of private sector establishments in the Gulf Cooperation Council need not worry about losing their jobs after six years of residency because the summit will not approve the recommendation. Bowing to pressure from private sector institutions throughout the Gulf, GCC leaders will not discuss the recommendation during this summit here. "It does not mean that the recommendation of limiting the stay of foreign workers in the GCC countries to six years has been ...  >>MORE

Khalifa to open the 26th GCC Summit today

Posted on 18/12/2005

President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan will open today the 26th GCC Summit. The Summit will be attended by King Hamad bin Issa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah and Abdul Rahamn bin Hamad Al Attiya, Secretary General of the GCC. Following the inaugural ...  >>MORE

GCC FMs name Abu Dhabi gathering ''Fahd Summit''

Posted on 18/12/2005

The 26th summit to be hosted by Abu Dhabi today will be named the 'Fahd Summit" in recognition of the role played by the late King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia in establishing the GCC, a top GCC official announced. GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya told reporters in Abu Dhabi yesterday that the GCC foreign ministers had adopted the noble gesture in their 97th meeting. He said that the December 18-19 summit would examine a host of economic, trade, social, ...  >>MORE

GCC spares no effort to reinforce stability of Lebanon, Syria

Posted on 18/12/2005

The GCC said yesterday it would extend necessary support for stability and security of Lebanon and Syria. 'The GCC is keen to offer assistance necessary to bring about stability and security to both Lebanon and Syria,' said Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, GCC Secretary General in a press conference. 'The GCC states are concerned about Lebanon and what is happening there is not an easy thing ... the slain of former Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri and other recent assassinations are condemned ...  >>MORE

GCC summit full of insight and accomplishments: Al Attiya

Posted on 18/12/2005

Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, GCC Secretary General said that the 26th Abu Dhabi summit of the GCC leaders to kick off in Abu Dhabi today would be full of insight and achievements to be added to the council's outstanding accomplishments march as it enters its 25th year. In an exclusive statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Attiya added the time is ripe to motivate the GCC march ahead to the maximum level of coordination possible among its members in order to achieve the required ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders: "Abu Dhabi Summits are glamorous landmarks in GCC march forward"

Posted on 18/12/2005

GCC leaders have affirmed that Abu Dhabi summits had played a great role in bringing together countries in the region towards consolidating Arab and Islamic objectives. Abu Dhabi Summit which will be held today in Emirates Palace is the Fifth Summit to be hosted by the UAE since the establishment of the GCC. In 1981, GCC leaders expressed their faith in facing challenges together in order to be strong enough to be heard regionally and internationally. In addition, the closing statement on ...  >>MORE

GCC FMs meet to prepare agenda for Abu Dhabi summit

Posted on 18/12/2005

The foreign ministers of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met yesterday at the Emirates Palace to hammer out agenda of the 26th summit of the GCC leaders scheduled to start here today. Presided over by UAE Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah, the 97th meeting of the ministerial council had prepared the agenda for the two-day summit. According to the agenda, the leaders will take stock of the latest political developments in the region and review the group's march in terms of political, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi hosts GCC summit amid steady progress of reforms

Posted on 18/12/2005

Abu Dhabi today hosts the 26th summit of the GCC at a time when the group's drive for socio-economic and political reforms has been taking long well-studied, forward strides, according to a UAE think-tank publication. 'Although these developments are internally motivated and vary from country to another in terms of their content and nature according to circumstances and specialties of each country, but they have direct and indirect influence on the GCC joint action and its mechanisms, mainly ...  >>MORE

UAE achieves tremendous economic, social growth

Posted on 18/12/2005

Today's modern and prosperous United Arab Emirates owes a lot to its builder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who died on 2nd of November 2004. The country, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, continues to achieve higher growth rates in all fields. According to the Millennium Goals Report, prepared in January 2004 by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, in collaboration with the UNDP, the UAE, within the last three decades, was able to ...  >>MORE

GCC countries achieve tremendous development - Bahrain

Posted on 18/12/2005

GCC countries have made tremendous strides towards the welfare and prosperity of their people in various aspects. The Kingdom of Bahrain has witnessed ,during the previous decade, comprehensive and tremendous development in all aspects, hence becoming a crowning experience in the march towards prosperity under the leadership of Bahraini monarch, His Majesty Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, since his ascension to power in 1999. Bahrain has taken positive strides in the contexts of reform and ...  >>MORE

GCC countries achieve tremendous development - Kuwait

Posted on 18/12/2005

The System of Rule in Kuwait is a mixture of hereditary Rule and the parliamentary systems prevalent in the civilized democracies around the world. The Kuwait political system is based on separation of powers which cooperating with a legislature, headed by the country's ruler and a national and Executive Councils run by the Emir, The Council of Ministers and Cabinet Ministers. The Kuwaiti constitution is based on the principles of democracy based on the nation's modernity, equity and freedom ...  >>MORE

Kuwaiti Minister lauds Abu Dhabi Summit

Posted on 18/12/2005

Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah spoke highly yesterday about the importance of the GCC 26th Summit that will be held tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. He said , before his departure to Abu Dhabi to attend the Ministers Council meeting, that during the summit, GCC leaders would discuss a number of political issues including the situation in Iraq, especially after the elections, Iran issues, peace in the Middle East and relations between Gulf countries and their ...  >>MORE

Oman sets stage for 7th five year development plan

Posted on 18/12/2005

By the end of this year, Oman's persistent drive for progress and prosperity ushers into a new era of national action, lunching the 7th Five-Year Development Plan (2006-2010) under the prudent stewardship of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Sultan Qaboos led Oman into an era of profound economic development, political stability, communal harmony, progress and prosperity. The Omanis find themselves imbued with a deep national pride and are filled with a strong sense of optimism for the future. ...  >>MORE

Qatar: Phenomenal development and fathomless ambitions

Posted on 18/12/2005

Qatar has made phenomenal progress in a relatively short time span, effectively transforming this tiny Gulf state into a key player on the world stage. Since 1995, when H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani acceded to power, Qatar has experienced highly significant changes. The State's permanent constitution was issued on June 8, 2004, after the Qatari people overwhelmingly approved it in a public referendum that showed as high as 96.6% in favour. The constitution has laid the foundation ...  >>MORE

Saudi Arabia achieves remarkable economic strides

Posted on 18/12/2005

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a strong proponent of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which it views as a bold move towards regional integration. As a founding member of the organisation, the Kingdom has contributed enormously to the remarkable progress of the GCC, which is aided by the homogeneity of religious commitment and common economic, social and cultural interests. On the domestic level, the Kingdom has made remarkable achievements over years in various spheres of ...  >>MORE

Proposal on limited residence for expats needs further studying

Posted on 18/12/2005

The GCC Foreign Ministers have recommended that a proposal by the GCC Labour Ministers fixing the maximum period an expatriate worker can stay in Gulf Countries at six years should be returned to the ministers for further examination, according to the GCC Secretary General. "Having discussed the proposal in detail, the GCC ministerial council recommended that the article specifying the period of stay of foreign labour be returned (to the labour ministers) for further study ," Abdul Rahman ...  >>MORE

GCC FMs end second working session

Posted on 18/12/2005

The GCC foreign ministers ended last night their second closed door working session. Emirates News Agency (WAM) has learnt that the ministers had revised the draft final statement and discussed recommendations on workforce and terrorism. 'The ministers also discussed the Abu Dhabi declaration on development of education and human resources, according to WAM. Omani Foreign Affairs Minister Yusouf bin Alawi said the ministers had reviewed agenda of the December 18-19 summit in Abu Dhabi. They, ...  >>MORE

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Gargash: GCC countries adopt realistic approach for relations with Tehran


GCC Days resume activities in Japan


MoF issues its annual statistical report on the Gulf Common Market - 2012


Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to GCC ministerial meeting


Abdullah bin Zayed supports restructuring GCC Secretariat General


GCC calls for unity


Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE's delegation to the 125th GCC Ministerial Council meeting


Khalifa opens GCC consultative summit


Media opinion varies about GCC Summit resolutions


GCC leaders conclude summit, issue statement


GCC Summit issues Closing Statement


GCC concerned over Iran, Israeli nuke programmes


Khalifa decorates GCC's Secretary General


Abu Dhabi Declaration on development of educational systems


Khalifa opens Fahd summit


Quotes: What the leaders have to say


No GCC pressure on Iran, Israel: Alawi


GCC Summit will not take stance against Iran: Attiyah


GCC ministers pin hopes on Abu Dhabi summit


King Hamad discusses summit agenda with Sabah Al Ahmed


Qatari, Bahraini leaders review summit agenda


Summit likely to pass historic decisions


Education at top of summit agenda


Forum discusses GCC investment climate


Six-year labour cap not on agenda


Khalifa to open the 26th GCC Summit today


GCC FMs name Abu Dhabi gathering ''Fahd Summit''


GCC spares no effort to reinforce stability of Lebanon, Syria


GCC summit full of insight and accomplishments: Al Attiya


GCC leaders: "Abu Dhabi Summits are glamorous landmarks in GCC march forward"


GCC FMs meet to prepare agenda for Abu Dhabi summit


Abu Dhabi hosts GCC summit amid steady progress of reforms


UAE achieves tremendous economic, social growth


GCC countries achieve tremendous development - Bahrain


GCC countries achieve tremendous development - Kuwait


Kuwaiti Minister lauds Abu Dhabi Summit


Oman sets stage for 7th five year development plan


Qatar: Phenomenal development and fathomless ambitions


Saudi Arabia achieves remarkable economic strides


Proposal on limited residence for expats needs further studying


GCC FMs end second working session